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By: David Deschesne, Editor/Publisher
Fort Fairfield Journal, June 6, 2007, p. 2
of the world’s most successful propagandists was Adolph Hitler.
Hitler’s outlook on race and equality was definitely skewed and easily
rebutted, but he was an avid reader and very learned in civics, political
science, psychology and oratory.
While he didn’t “write the book” on propaganda, Hitler did
understand how people thought, what made them react and how to go about
presenting a message that would change the minds of millions and make them do
things they ordinarily wouldn’t do.
Untold millions of Jews, Russians, French and others met their deaths at
the hands of heavily propagandized German police and military.
In fact, during the Blood
Purge of 1934, Hitler was
even able to convince members of his own police force to kill some of their
brother officers because they either couldn’t be trusted or counted on to tow
the party line.
Since propaganda has the potential to be so seriously destructive to a
society when in the hands of a dangerous, malevolent few, I decided in this
issue to teach on it from Hitler’s writings in order to show how our
government and mainstream news media today still employ its fundamentals on an
otherwise unwitting American population.
Not all propaganda is necessarily evil, or false.
It’s merely a tool to move the opinions of the masses one way or
Once you understand the fundamentals of propaganda, you too will be able
to identify it when it is being used.
The following points are from Adolph Hitler’s Mein
Kampf, which was dictated
by him around 10 years before he came into power as the leader of the NAZI party
and is one of the best compilations and analysis of propaganda and its
implementation I have read so far.
1: The Masses are “Simpletons”
Hitler observed that the majority of
citizens in a given society are very simple-minded and not geared toward
scientific or intellectual thought.
mass of a nation does not consist of diplomats, or even professors of political
law, or even individuals capable of forming a rational opinion; it consists of
plain mortals, wavering and inclined to doubt and uncertainty.”1
propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the
most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.
Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its
purely intellectual level will have to be.
But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence
a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and
too much caution cannot be exerted in this direction.”2
While some are educated, critical
thinkers, the majority of any given population is not trained in science,
mathematics, political science, statistics or logic-based reasoning at an
advanced level. Just casually
observing the type of television programming that passes for entertainment today
illustrates this point boldly. As
for-profit businesses, television studios produce what the majority of the
market wants to view because that’s where the money is.
An endless stream of tabloid television programs and mindless sitcoms is
fed to the masses on a daily basis. These
are the people Hitler was referring to - non-thinkers.
It has been the goal of the Fort
Fairfield Journal to work
the equation backwards in regard to counter-propaganda, by attempting to bring
those in society up in intellectual level so propaganda won’t have as much of
an effect on them.
This is contrary to Hitler’s thesis on the subject since he continually
warns against making the message “too technical” in nature for fear of
loosing the audience.
All effective propaganda should be
geared toward the emotions of the populace, rather than the intellect.
people in their overwhelming majority are so feminine by nature and attitude
that sober reasoning determines their thoughts and actions far less than emotion
Governments have understood the
emotional nature of a populace’s thinking for eons.
In many cases, events were engineered in order to appeal to the
people’s emotions of fear or anger in order to coax their thinking in the
direction the government or corporate world wanted.
Hitler had his Reichstag (capitol
building) burned in order to blame it on his political enemies, namely the Jews,
and sway public opinion in that direction for political gain.
The British allowed the Lusitania
to be torpedoed with hundreds of American passengers on board in order to drum
up public sentiment against Germany in World War I and to draw an otherwise
pacifist U.S. population into the war in order to help her to win.
Soon after, the U.S. Government allowed the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor
in order to again coax a predominately pacifist American public into supporting
and fighting a war they had no interest in.
These tactics were adopted from a
German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
Hegel advanced the thesis of: Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis which
translates today into “Problem-Reaction-Solution” (PRS).
The PRS paradigm is exercised on the
public in order to capitalize on their natural fear and enhance it for political
gain. Whenever the U.S. government
today wants to gain more support or mileage for a particular program that is
unpopular with the public, they drop the buzz-words “Terrorists” or “Al
Qaeda” in order to scare the people back into submission.
This tactic can only work, and does work effectively, on a population
that uses emotions solely to guide their decision-making process.
Hitler, as well as our government today have become masters at the art of
emotion-based propaganda and his “news” media was filled with it, as is
3: Single Foe Theory
Hitler understood that to achieve any
success one should, on purely psychological grounds, never show the masses two
or more opponents4
and that the art of all truly great national leaders at all times consists among
other things primarily in not dividing the attention of a people, but in
concentrating it upon a single foe.5
receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small,
but their power of forgetting is enormous. In
consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very
few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public
understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”6
The Single Foe theory of
psychological warfare propaganda has been used extensively against the American
people for the past 100 years. Today,
the single foe is a generic enemy labeled “terrorism.”
We are waging a war on an invisible enemy who is the best enemy the
military industrial complex can fabricate - one that can’t be seen.
By keeping the minds of the Americans
focused on a single foe, our government distracts our attention away from all of
the shenanigans it is doing to us while we are busy worrying about the
“terrorists.” Hitler used the
same tactics in getting his population worried about the Jews “corrupting”
the race and “taking over the world” - even though he offered no evidence -
while he instituted his own reign of terror.
Our news media plays right along with
this program by willingly reporting stories favorable to the government’s
agenda - while at times appearing to be critical.
The reason for this is that most of the major news networks are either
directly or indirectly owned by companies who provide products or services to
the military and government. Advancing
the government’s agenda can only bring them increased profits through war
escalation or troop surges. But,
they have done well to keep the American people’s minds focused on one single
foe - the evil Muslim “terrorists.”
4: Form and Function
Hitler compared the form and function
of effective propaganda to a poster advertising an art exhibit.
The poster need not show the entire exhibit, it merely needs to draw the
reader’s attention to the exhibit and convince him it is a worthy use of his
time to attend.
content of propaganda is not science any more than the object represented in a
poster is art. The art of the poster
lies in the designer’s ability to attract the attention of a crowd by form and
color. A poster advertising an art
exhibit must direct the attention of the public to the art being exhibited; the
better it succeeds in this, the greater is the art of the poster itself.”7
Today’s propaganda uses the poster
form of expression in the news media. Our
society has been trained to accept government propaganda by the clever use of
sound bites and one-line thoughts which either may or may not be entirely
correct. Some examples are: “Guns
The poster-art concept of propaganda was unwittingly practiced by many in
the music industry in the post-9/11 world with songs about flag waving
patriotism and “getting even” with the evil “terrorists.”
Point 5: Repetition
The key to any effective propaganda campaign is repetition.
purpose of propaganda is not to provide interesting distraction for blasé young
gentlemen, but to convince, and what I mean is to convince the masses.
But the masses are slow moving, and they always require a certain time
before they are ready to even notice a thing, and only after the simplest ideas
are repeated a thousand times will the masses finally remember.”8
The government with its willing accomplices in the military-industrial
complex-controlled mainstream media continually parrots the same message over
and over again in order to get the general public repeating it and believing it.
Advertising and marketing programs also work the same way.
There is one very popular brand of speaker being sold that really isn’t
all that great, but because they have told the people enough times how great it
is, they can sell an otherwise mediocre speaker system for thousands of dollars.
Point 6: The Bigger the Lie
Hitler understood that the bigger a lie is, the more apt people are to
magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility, since the
great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be
corrupted rather than consciously and purposefully evil, and that, therefore, in
view of the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more easily fall victim to
a big lie than to a little one...”9
The 9/11 event is a classic example of the people believing a lie at all
costs. There is more evidence, for
example, to prove controlled demolitions were used on the WTC towers 1 and 2
than there is to support the jet fuel/pancake collapse theory, but the majority
of Americans continue to believe the less credible story because the government
and news media continually repeat it as if it were fact.
When scientific evidence does come out to contradict the “official”
story the people have been so heavily propagandized to label it “conspiracy
theory” that they rarely ever convert their thinking to anything other than
the original story.
Point 7: Simple Images
picture in all its forms up to the film has greater possibilities (than a
written essay). Here a man needs to
use his brains even less; it suffices to look, or at most to read extremely
brief texts, and thus many will more readily accept a pictorial representation
than read an article of any length.”10
As a gifted orator, Hitler also used the spoken word, in addition to
brief picture images to sway the public - the same tactic is used by our
government and television news media today to keep the people scared of a
common, perceived, enemy.
To summarize, propaganda must be simple, not scientific in nature, it
must appeal to the emotions and be constantly repeated in the form of sound
bites and one-liners. The people
must always be kept scared and taught their leaders are there to save them and
nothing of a scientific or technical nature can ever be allowed to enter the
discussion, or else the propaganda will unravel under the bane of independent,
critical, logic-based thinking.
Adolph Hitler, Ralph Manheim translation ©1971 Houghton Mifflin Co., paperback
edition p. 183
p. 180; 3. ibid,
p. 183; 4.
ibid, p. 117;
p. 118; 6. ibid, p. 180 ; 7.
ibid, p. 179; 8. ibid,
p. 185; 9.
ibid, p. 231;
ibid, p. 470